Kansans throughout the state have been receiving phone calls stating they have won a large sum of money from a Lottery or drawing.
The Better Business Bureau of Kansas, Inc. recently sent out an alert on a recent increase in phone scams. Kansans throughout the state have been receiving phone calls stating they have won a large sum of money from a Lottery or drawing.
Recently a caller identified themselves as the “BBB” and told the consumer “they had won a cash prize and wanted to verify their information so it could be sent to them.” The caller also referred to the “BBB as being a government agency.”
Consumers also are told someone will come to their home to deliver the money. This statement has concerned many callers. They also ask the consumer to wire money to them for legal fees, taxes, processing fees, etc.
The Better Business Bureau does not assist in verifying prize winners nor are they a government or legal agency.
The Better Business Bureau recommends if you receive this type of call you do not give out any personal information to the caller.
The statement “that they will be coming to your home to deliver your winning prize” is a tactic to get the consumer to give them personal information and to get the consumer to wire the money quickly, hoping they won’t think twice about it. However, you should never have to pay money for monies you have won.
Consumers can register their phone number with the “DO NOT CALL” list at 1-888-382-1222.
If you have any questions, you can contact the BBB at 1-800-856-2417 or 263-3146.